Decentralised ventilation or HVAC systems can offer several benefits that centralised systems may not offer the owners of commercial buildings. This article discusses some of those benefits that you could enjoy if you decided to install several smaller HVAC units in your commercial building instead of installing a centralised HVAC system.
Lower Installation Costs
Imagine the size of the HVAC unit that you would need to condition all the air inside a shopping mall. The unit would be so large that you would need specialised equipment, such as a crane, to hoist that unit onto its chosen installation site. Such specialised equipment can increase your installation costs because the equipment is costly to hire.
You can reduce those installation costs by opting for smaller units that are easier to carry to their installation locations. Additionally, the decentralised system can allow you to set up the HVAC system of the building in phases so that only the sections of the building that are immediately required for use can have conditioned air. This phased approach of providing decentralised ventilation systems can reduce the pressure that you may have to avail large sums of money to install central air conditioning at a go.
Better System Flexibility
Imagine how hard it would be to customise the air conditioning needs of different sections of a commercial building having a centralised HVAC system. For instance, it would be very hard to keep the locations close to the main entrances as cool as the locations that are furthest from those main entrances in a large shopping hall because of the frequent loss of conditioned air as the doors are opened and closed frequently.
A decentralised system allows you to adjust the temperature settings of the units supplying conditioned air to the different sections of the building so that any unique air conditioning challenges can be addressed easily.
It is also easier to adapt a smaller unit once the purpose of a section of the building changes. For instance, the air conditioning needs of a butchery may differ from those of a pharmacy. Adapting the ventilation system to suit those changing space-uses is easier with decentralised ventilation.
System Failures Have a Lower Impact
Central HVAC system failures in a commercial building can have very devastating effects because the entire building will lack air conditioning during the duration of that problem. It is very rare for all decentralised HVAC units to fail at the same time. A failure in one unit will only affect a small section of the building. This can reduce the damage, such as the cost of replacing spoiled fresh foods, which you can be held liable for when an HVAC failure occurs.
Contact a provider of building services for advice on how you can implement a decentralised system of air conditioning in your commercial building cost-effectively. You will then enjoy all the benefits discussed above. For more information, contact Jeffrey Hills and Associates or a similar company.